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Feb 27, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Mississippi State defensive lineman Fletcher Cox does the broad jump during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
Feb 27, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Mississippi State defensive lineman Fletcher Cox does the broad jump during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Brandon discussed some of yesterday's combine results earlier today. However, if you like staring at numbers instead, here are the raw measurements from the NFL Scouting Combine of the various outside linebacker and defensive line prospects that the Packers might be looking at in this April's NFL Draft. Projected linebackers are immediately below, and the linemen's results can be found after the jump.

Outside Linebackers

Name College 40 Time Bench Reps Vertical Broad Jump Cone 20-yd Shuttle
Branch, Andre Clemson 4.70 * 32.5 120 7.19 4.25
Brown, Zach UNC 4.50 * 33.5 116 * *
Curry, Vinny Marshall 4.98 * 32 110 6.9 4.40
David, Lavonte Nebraska 4.65 19 36.5 119 7.28 4.22
Ingram, Melvin So. Carolina 4.79 28 34.5 109 6.83 4.18
Irvin, Bruce WVU 4.50 23 33.5 123 6.7 4.03
Perry, Nick USC 4.64 35 38.5 124 7.25 4.66

* Chose not to participate

The numbers that jump off the board here are the 40 times for Bruce Irvin (4.50) and Zach Brown (4.50). Nick Perry also showed off his strength, both upper body (35 reps at 225 pounds) and lower body (leading the way in the vertical and broad jump), and his straight-line speed was solid as well (4.64 40). The logical interpretation is that Irvin and Brown would be speed rushers, while Perry would be more reliant on power moves when rushing the passer.

Defensive Ends/Tackles

Name School 40 Time Bench Reps Vertical Broad Jump Cone 20-yd Shuttle
Brockers, Michael LSU 5.36 19 26.8 105 7.46 4.81
Cox, Fletcher Miss. St. 4.79 30 26 103 7.07 4.53
Crick, Jared Nebraska 4.99 * 31 104 7.47 4.40
Mercilus, Whitney Illinois 4.68 27 32 118 7.17 4.53
Poe, Dontari Memphis 4.98 44 29.5 105 7.90 4.56
Still, Devon Penn St. 5.08 26 29.5 * * *
Winn, Billy Boise St. 5.00 24 27 107 7.37 4.44
Worthy, Jerel Michigan St. 5.08 * 28.5 107 7.60 4.56

I included Mercilus in the defensive line as he's an in-between prospect and might work at either DE or OLB. As such, he had the best 40 time and jumps of any lineman, but he was also the lightest of any of these players. Dontari Poe's 4.98 is an absurd time for a 345-lb man, and he also put up an impressive 44 reps on the bench. Fletcher Cox was pretty impressive across the board, posting solid numbers in the 40, bench, cone drill, and shuttle drills. He likely improved his draft stock with this solid workout yesterday.